Use #DRH2014 to Connect With Us on Research Day

I consider myself a social media neophyte.

I have been blogging here and there, and tweeting regularly for months, but there is still plenty about the world of social media that I am not familiar with.

However, at an increasing rate I am reminded of the power of social media when attending conferences, participating in panel discussions or meeting with politicians and decision-makers in my roles as Vice-President of Practice, Human Resources, Research and Chief Nursing Executive at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and as President of the Canadian Nurses Association.

What I truly enjoy about social media is the ability for people, whether they are in the same room or in a different country, to engage in important conversations in real time.  Social media provides a voice to those who want to be heard, while hash tags and fan pages bring together those who are passionate about similar issues or causes.

That is why I am proud to introduce a social media component to Ontario Shores’ third annual Research Day on Friday, March 21. Research in mental health is an area of great significance at our hospital and a topic which immediately evokes a great deal of passion for me.

Research Day provides an opportunity for Ontario Shores to showcase its commitment to research and collaboration in support of patients and their recovery.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Mike Slade, a Professor of Health Services Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  Dr. Slade’s appearance along with the multitude of featured abstracts is expected to draw an audience of nurses, psychologists, researchers, social workers, psychiatrists, family physicians, counsellors, therapists, and mental health professionals from across Ontario.

With this fine collection of people on hand; we will be encouraging those on the grounds to engage in conversations about the speakers, topics and posters to the Twitterverse using the hash tag #DRH2014. The hash tag, which incorporates the first letter of each word in Ontario Shores’ tagline ¬- Discovery. Recovery. Hope. - will bring these conversations together and allow people everywhere to follow the day’s proceedings via Twitter.

Whether you are attending Research Day or simply have an interest in the work we do at Ontario Shores and in mental health care, I encourage you to use the #DRH2014 to connect with us and learn more about the wonderful work being done to advance and optimize  mental health care for our patients and families.